I’ve put off writing about Ashbery. He’s the most famous poet you’ve never heard of. Sometimes a bit DADA. Sometimes a tad Surrealist. Sometimes almost a procedural poet of sorts.
At his finest, from the early sixties to the mid eighties,he had a richness, a vocabulary, a density, a range of reference and a way of eluding fixed meaning nobody could match.
He once said he wanted to write poetry that left critics nothing to say.